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Jessica Cardy

Trainee Clinical Psychologist

I am currently in my third year of Clinical Psychology training. My final specialist placement is in the Attach Team in Oxfordshire, which supports looked after children and their foster/adoptive families.

Professional Interests

Prior to clinical training, I worked as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in an Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies Service. Prior to this role I worked as an Assistant Psychologist in a Specialist Eating Disorder Service. In both roles I delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, working collaboratively with individuals to reduce their distress and improve their wellbeing.

I have also previously worked as a Research Assistant on two randomised controlled trials. The first investigating mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy in comparison with maintenance anti-depressant medication to prevent depressive relapse in recurrent depression. The second investigating child development outcomes using cognitive behavioural therapy and video-feedback therapy in the context of maternal post-natal depression.


Karl, A., Williams, M. J., Cardy, J., Kuyken, W., & Crane, C. (2018). Dispositional self‐compassion and responses to mood challenge in people at risk for depressive relapse/recurrence. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy.

Kuyken, W., Hayes, R., Barrett, B., Dalgleish, T., Cardy, J., et al. (2015). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy compared with maintenance anti-depressant treatment in the prevention of depressive relapse or recurrence (PREVENT): a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 386, 63-73.

Stein, A., Prenoveau, J., Craske, M., Cardy, J., et al. (2016). Chronicity of maternal postnatal depression and anxiety and its association with child emotional regulation at two years. In press.
Also presented as a poster at the World Association for Infant Mental Health, 14th World Congress, Edinburgh, June 2014.

Jenkins, P. E., Luck, A., Cardy, J., & Staniford, J. (2016). How useful is the DSM-5 severity indicator in bulimia nervosa? A clinical study including a measure of impairment. Psychiatry research246, 366-369.

Co-wrote a successful MRC grant application; Feasibility study to investigate adapted behavioural activation therapy for women with depression in the context of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. (2014).